Signs of Low T in Men
Did you know that after age 30 your testosterone levels begin to dip by about 1% each year? Yes, according to the Mayo Clinic just because you are not a middle-aged man doesn’t automatically mean that you…run on a full tank of gas, so to speak.
Your testosterone levels are at their highest when you are a teenager. It is that stuff that is responsible for all that hair on your chest, chin,and even that deep voice. Produced by your testicles, your testosterone levels effects:
- How you look (manly man)
- Your sex drive (that’s why teenagers can’t seem to keep their libido in check)
- Your sperm production
It also helps to build muscle as well as bone mass. Suffice it to say that having optimum testosterone levels is quite crucial for every man. However, that doesn’t mean that it is always the case. There are incidences of young men, even below 30, having lower than normal levels of testosterone.
What Causes Low T in Men?
There is a wide range of issues that can cause low T in men. For younger guys, these issues could include conditions such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Lung disease
- Chronic kidney or liver disease
- Pituitary gland problems
There is also an assortment of genetic causes such as:
- Kallman syndrome
- Myotonic dystrophy
- Klinefelter syndrome
- Prader-Willi syndrome
Apart from these conditions, habits such as steroid use and abuse can prevent the man’s testicles from producing this much-needed hormone. Traumatic events could also have a negative effect. As we have already mentioned, when it comes to older men, the levels just keep naturally dropping once you hit 30.
Signs of Low T in Men
So, if you are a strapping young man in his prime; a man who should be running on nothing but testosterone and a huge ego, how can you tell when those levels dip to a concerning degree?
Here are some signs of low testosterone in men:
Low Sex Drive
This is probably the universal test for low T. However, several other issues could cause a low sex drive in men as well. Issues such as stress and a dismal batting average with the ladies. However, for the most part, it is the lack of sufficient testosterone production that leads to a low sex drive. This hormone fuels your libido. The lower those levels get,the lower your sex drive goes.
Instances of ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
For an erection to occur, the body needs to release a tiny molecule known as nitric oxide. For that nitric oxide release to be triggered, testosterone has to come into play. If there isn’t enough testosterone being produced, then there won’t be enough nitric oxide being released,and that is just bad for business down south. Your erections will either be non-existent, or even if they do occur, they won’t be firm enough to intercourse to occur.
Yes, testosterone has a lot to do with your sex life. Men with low T often complain of genital numbness, but this is not to say that there is absolutely no feeling down there. It is just to say that even when touched, your penis does not experience that electric sensation that makes it want to jump into action. Without that electricity, sex might not even be possible,oreven if it is possible, it might not be enjoyablefor anyone!
Although every working man gets fatigued from time to time, men with low T get more tired than the rest. Lack or low testosterone production tends to sap you of your energy and muscle mass. Being overly tired (more than you should be) is a good sign that you might be running low on testosterone.
While it is perfectly normal for men to lose some, if not most, of their hair as they age, guys with low testosterone tend to get to this point a lot sooner. In fact, men with low T tend to lose even their facial hair. So, it is not just about balding; that could be just because your grandpa had no hair too!
Loss of Muscle Mass
Some studies have shown that while low T in men may lead to a lossin muscle mass, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it negatively affects mortar function or strength. Although it is logical to assume that once you lose a significant degree of your muscle mass, you will be less strong than you would have been had you bulked up. Since testosterone plays a huge role in muscle and bone building, guys with low T tend to experience an increased rate of muscle loss.
Mood Swings and Changes
Because your testosterone levels affect a great deal of functions within your body, it is also linked to an increase in mood swings and changes. In fact, it is also linked to your mental capacity as well. On the extreme end, there is research showing that low testosterone levels in men can actually put them at risk of depression, make them more irritable and cause them to lack focus.
Increased Body Fat
While it is logical that since men who have low T have experienced a decrease in muscle mass that they conversely experience an increase in body fat. The issue here, however, is that men with low testosterone develop something known as “gynecomastia.”This is when their breast tissue becomes enlarged. The main cause for this enlargement is believed to be an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone in men with low T.
Of course, there are things that men with low T can do to increase their testosterone levels. Some pointers include things like:
- Exercising more (especially with weights)
- Eating a lot more protein, carbs,and fat
- Minimize stress levels in their lives
- Get enough sleep
- Take Vitamin D and mineral supplements
As you get older, these tips will only help you regulate and slow down that testosterone loss. However, if you are a man under 30 experiencing low T, don’t despair. There are things that you can do to bring that back up to a significant level.